Three’s Company

OK, what can I say about Community Acupuncture that I
haven’t said already in the three years and 4 months of running a CAN clinic on
seasonally-affectedCape Cod?

Well, this Spring I have gotten another chance to walk the
talk.You see, two CA style clinics are
getting underway, one within 7 miles of my clinic, the other about 14 miles

In theory, I get it that more clinics equal more visibility
for affordable acupuncture, more happy patients sharing their success stories
with family, friends and neighbors, more “market saturation” of our concept, if
you will, and ultimately, more patients for all of us to help.But our clinic has never experienced the
steady, upward growth of many of the urban CA’s.Our numbers expand and contract, sometimes
with the seasonal shifts in population and sometimes according to some crazy
rhythm only dogs can hear.I have made a
lot of progress in the TRUST and GRATITUDE departments, so this doesn’t make me
anywhere near as crazy as it once did, but more clinics that folks might find
more convenient than this one? That was making me sweat.

Here’s the thing, though.This is the situation I want
my community to be in.I want there to
be enough affordable clinics so that lots of people live within a few miles of
one.I want there to be jobs for
acupuncturists working in those clinics, and colleagues for me to plan
collaborative events with, share joys and irritations with, perhaps even share
staff with, making it easier to attract some under employed urban acupuncturist
to this little sand bar.

I have been blessed by having the two women who are running
these new clinics, Daphne Jochnick and Shoba Satya, be extraordinarily
sensitive to the feelings (read: fear) that are coming up for me. That has been
an amazing gift, and it speaks to me of the collaborative community vibe that
is one of the things that attracts people to our movement.

The bottom line is, I believe our global economic realities
will not allow big ticket acupuncture to flourish in the years ahead, here, or
most anywhere else.If our profession
has a future, it is Community Acupuncture.So if my clinic cannot thrive side by side with other CA clinics, I guess
I may as well find that out now, and be done with it.On the other hand, if the growing Oregon
myth-machine that is WCA is a replicable phenomena, then it is time to welcome
my sister clinics to the family.

Oh and speaking of Portland,
Happy Birthday JuniorSmile

Author: Diana

<p> I had just hit 10 years in practice when I stumbled on the Working Class Acupuncture model in 1995, via Lisa and Skip's "Little red book of working class acupuncture". After reading this 3 times in the first two weeks, I was ready to jump, and two months later I was offering Community Acupuncture part time in my <a target="_blank" href="">Cape Cod, Massachusetts clinic</a>. </p> <p> While my boutiqe style practice had always been enough to pay the bills, I was forever needing to recruit new clients, and the ones I had often ignored my recommendations for a treatment plan, mosty due to cost. This made me feel frustrated and not very effective. The opportunity to transform my practice in ways that better support me, my community, and my values has been life changing for me. While it's all still a work in progress, there's no question that this is what I want to be doing, and helping others to do as well. </p>

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  1. I think this happened in Austin, and nobody’s business

    seemed to go down because there were so many CAPs close together.  We haven’t heard from those folks at all in the last year, maybe because they’re so busy with their clinics, they no longer have time for CAN anymore.  Population density and demographics were not like yours, however.

    Your last statement sums it up well, IMO.  Only time will tell, and we will all be watching you closely.  Either outcome, however, will still be okay for you.  I have a feeling you will still come out of it for the better.

  2. a sister speaks

    As one of the sister clinics opening, I am reassured that you feel that we are being sensitive-  You, and working at your clinic, has been an incredible resource to me for which I really will always be grateful.  In the true CAN spirit you have been absolutely open with everything you’ve worked to learn over the years, and I only want Community Acupuncture on Cape Cod to thrive.  I feel almost more loyal to your clinic (which is also mine, since I remain on staff)  than to my upstart!  I agree the beginning is touchy- with this vaccume until I build up my hub- But already in my outreach in Hyannis I’m encountering people who would otherwise not travel for acupuncture- people who may have associates closer to W.Dennis! Holding to the belief that together we’ll be stronger—-